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True brewing heritage with royal approval

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year

This ‘museum with beer’ is substantially 16th century, although its constituent parts vary considerably in age. Most of the fabric is local stone, while the old brewhouse at the rear is traditional Devon cob. Five generations of the same family have run it since great-grandfather William Gibbings arrived in 1897, and it remains eccentrically and gloriously old fashioned. Usually around 8 real ales from local and further-flung breweries are served straight from their casks, the actual line-up varying by the week. There are no lagers and only a few wines. Traditional, freshly prepared lunchtime bar food includes granary ploughman's, veggie or meat pasties, and sandwiches, all made with local ingredients. Queen Elizabeth II visited in 1998; it is believed this is the only time she has officially stepped inside an English pub.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Opening times: 12–2 6–10.30 (Friday to Saturday 12–2 6–11 Sunday 12–2 7–10.30)
  • Lunch: all week 12–2


  • Parking available
  • Garden


  • Children welcome


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

M5 junction 30 follow Sidmouth signs, in approximately 400 yards right at roundabout onto A376 towards Exmouth. In 1.8 miles cross mini-roundabout. Right at next mini-roundabout to Topsham. 1.2 miles, cross River Clyst. Inn on right.

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